Emma is here to help if you have any questions about how to get to best photo in your specific circumstances, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Sending Your Photos
If you’re sending lots of photos, you might want to send them using a free transfer service such as wetransfer. Simply enter your email, Emma’s email and select the photos and you’re done!
If you need any help at all, just get in touch.
Use the best camera you have access to (this might be your phone or a digital camera). Avoid using digital zoom (pinching to zoom in on your phone), as this lowers the resolution of the image.
Be sure to send Emma the full quality photos (see Sending Your Photos for more details).
Make sure the whole of the subject is in the photo and that everything you want to be drawn can be seen, without it being too far away.
If you’re too close, you’ll chop off important facial features. Too far away, and there may not be enough detail in the subject’s face.
This example picture is a really special moment captured beautifully. The one thing that could make it better is if the subjects were a bit closer so that more detail could be seen.
Photos which are blurry or out of focus lose lots of detail, which may affect the outcome of the drawing.
This photograph example is too out of focus to recreate in a high level of detail.
Photos taken outdoors or in natural light are the next best thing after professional studio lighting. Avoid direct sunlight which causes strong shadows on the face, and make sure that the light isn’t coming from behind the subject (for example, avoid taking a photograph of someone with a window behind them).
Although this example photo is taken in natural light, the direct sunlight has caused harsh shadows on his face, which may not translate well into a drawing.
Photographs taken at eye level with the subject look more natural and translate well into portraits.
Some photographs may be very effective but won’t necessarily work well as drawings. This photograph has a really interesting composition but would be less effective as a drawing.
Avoid photos where the face is covered, including sunglasses, and be mindful of glasses reflecting light (unless you want them to be in the drawing!).
Make sure all of the subject is visible in the photo! Any parts missing from the photo can’t be added back in during the drawing process.
In this example, the tops of both subjects heads are not in the photo. This looks a bit odd compositionally, and the tops of their heads cannot easily be added back into the drawing.
If you have printed photos, you can either scan them with a home scanner and email them to Emma, or you can post the prints to Emma. Please get in touch for more details about working from printed photographs.
Example of a great photo
Taken outdoors in gentle natural light, and with a good portion of the frame filled, there are no strong shadows on the faces of this couple and there is plenty of detail to work from.
No parts of their faces or heads have been cropped out of the photo and they are both bright-eyed, with no obstructions covering their faces and they are holding relaxed, happy expressions.
Example of a great photo
This headshot has been taken outdoors, allowing daylight to light this little girl naturally. The frame is fully filled, and the photo has been taken at her eye level, which means the photograph will translate into a beautiful portrait.
There is a small obstruction in front of the face, but in this instance Emma can either remove this from the drawing or make it a feature of the portrait. Always get in touch if you have any questions about any photos you would like drawing.